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Over 288,000 Quebec citizens enrolled in family medicine groups in two months

The government achieved the target set on July 31st.

Dr. Marc-André Amyot, president of the FMOQ (Fédération des medecins omnipraticiens du Quebec).
Marc, President of FMOQ (Fédération des medecins omnipraticiens du Quebec) - Dr. André Ayot. Photo by Dave Sidaway /Montreal Gazette

A new strategy to the family doctorhas met with some success.

In two months, 288,709 Quebec citizens enrolled in family medicine groups. This is an initiative that will ultimately provide approximately 500,000 vulnerable patients with rapid access to their primary care physician.

When the government announced a partnership with the Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) on May 1, their goal was to have half a million patients enrolled by March 31, 2023. and said it hopes to reach 250,000 by 31 July. A goal now surpassed.

The goal of the family medicine group (groupe de médicine de famille or GMF in French) is to provide rapid access to specialists for patients not followed by a family physician.

There are still 814,830 patients on the waiting list for family doctors, but the government says "steps are underway" to reach the target set for 2023.

Prime Minister François Legault said he was happy with the registration but said there was "still work to be done". He said he would like to negotiate with FMOQ at the end to ensure that the entire population has access to the services of family medicine groups.

"We are on the right track," Mr Lego said on Tuesday. "There are 300,000 more people with access tofamily medicinetoday than when liberals left government."

With a shortage of practitioners, primary care physicians are not the only ones who can solve the access problem, but they are determined to do their part, he said.

"We are very proud of this achievement and are confident that many of our fellow citizens will benefit in the coming weeks and months," he said. FMOQ president Marc-André Amyot said in a statement.

The government also continues to roll out the Guichet d’accès à la première ligne (GAP), which will be accessible in all regions in September.

Liberal Party leader Dominique Anglade was not happy with the news, calling it a "smoke screen" and saying the Prime Minister "provided consultations without appointments, no guarantee of follow-up, no problems." I'm trying to face it," he said.

She said that liberals will work tirelessly to provide a family physician for all Quebecers.

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